Brief Description of Concentration

Linguistics ConcentratorsLinguists are engaged in the study of language structure, which is the ultimate interdisciplinary enterprise. Linguistic theory attempts to model a complex domain of human knowledge that is also central to philosophy of mind and to cognitive psychology. The linguistic models that theoretical linguists construct are formal in character and rely on computational and mathematical methodologies. As such, linguistics  has a mutually beneficial relationship with computer science and the study of artificial intelligence.

Learning Objectives

An undergraduate degree in linguistics will give you insight into one of the most fascinating aspects of human knowledge and behavior.  As a linguistics major, you will learn about many aspects of human language, including sounds (phonetics, phonology), words (morphology), sentences (syntax), and meanings (semantics).

In exploring these and similar topics, students of linguistics not only learn a great deal about a fascinating field; they also master a variety of conceptual and empirical techniques that stand them in good stead after graduation. 

Gateway Courses

For a broad introduction of Linguistics:

  • Ling 83: Language, Structure, and Cognition
  • Ling 101: The Science of Language

  • Any freshman seminar in Linguistics

Highly suggested for those interested in historical linguistics:

  • Ling 107: Introduction to Indo-European



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